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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Indiana OSHA Settles With Union Over State Fair Stage Collapse

Stage roof collapsing. Image by DashBot from Youtube.
A press release from the Indiana Safety and Health Administration (ISHA) states that they has agreed with Local 30 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) to settle the Safety Order issued as a result of an IOSHA investigation after an Indiana State Fair accident in 2011. 

On August 13, 2011 a wind gust from an approaching severe thunderstorm hit the stage's temporary roof structure, causing it to collapse. The structure landed among a crowd of spectators, killing seven people and injuring 58 others.  IOSHA issued citations (Safety Orders) against three organizations, including Local 30 of the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees.  The IATSE citations were for:

  • failure to consider soil conditions when placing cable anchor points for the grandstand stage
  • failure to provide fall protection for employees working 4 feet or more above ground level
  • failure to conduct a personal protective equipment hazard assessment of the worksite to determine the personal protective equipment required while erecting the load bearing roof and the grandstand.
As a result of the settlement announced yesterday, IOSHA sets aside the Safety Order, including penalties and specified abatements. IATSE Local 30 agrees to conduct specific fall protection and hazard identification training for all existing members as well as integrating that training into their apprenticeship program. Safety training for existing members will be completed by March 15, 2014 and the training will be integrated into the training for apprentices by January 15, 2014. Indiana Department of Labor’s INsafe training and consultation division and the U.S. Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training will assist in the development of the training.

“This agreement creates a safer and more protected workplace for Indiana workers in the theater and stage business,” noted Labor Commissioner Sean Keefer. “This agreement creates a positive outcome for everyone involved.”

The agreement can be found by clicking here.

What's interesting about this is that this is the first time I've seen OSHA (or in this case Indiana OSHA) attempt to hold a union partially accountable for a workplace accident.  What do you think?  Should unions have some responsibility for providing properly trained workers, as well as workers who are familiar with safety requirements?  Add your comment using the "Post A Comment" link below.

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